Student Life

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

St. Andrew's Diversity Statement of Purpose
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is committed to building a beloved community of learning that embraces diversity, champions justice, and honors the dignity of every human being.
Welcome from the DEIB team!


FOCUS stands for Families of Cultural Understanding at St. Andrew’s.  The group was started in 2015 to serve as a place for members of the school community to connect over a common goal; namely, to thoughtfully engage in the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).  If you are a parent who believes that the holistic development of your child should involve an intentional ‘focus’ on the work of DEIB and that learning based on academics, art, athletics, and service alone do not a whole child make, then we invite you to reach out to us so that you can find out how to get involved.

Several school-sponsored FOCUS events and receptions take place each year, but more frequent gatherings initiated by parents are encouraged as well.  Additionally, there are several DEIB education groups on campus that are doing great work to help actualize the FOCUS mission.  Whether institutional or grassroots, planned or organic, FOCUS is a place for anyone who considers scholarship, inquiry, and active participation related to cultural literacy as vital to the health of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

To learn more, contact Kendall Evans

Diversity Terms

List of 8 items.

  • White Ally

    A white ally accepts  the limits of her/his/their knowledge about other people’s experiences but doesn't use that as a reason not to think or act. A white ally does not remain silent but challenges racism as it comes up daily, but also seeks to deconstruct it institutionally and live in a way that challenges systemic oppression, at the risk of experiencing some of that oppression. Being a white ally entails building relationships with both people of color, and also with white people in order to challenge them in their thinking about race. White allies don’t have it all figured out, but are committed to non-complacency.
  • POC

    Person/People of Color is primarily used to describe any person who is not considered White. 
  • PWI

    Predominantly White institutions is a term used to describe institutions of higher learning in which Whites account for more than 50% or greater of student enrollment.  
  • Affinity group

    A group that provides an opportunity for people to explore, unpack, and engage in conversation on the various interpersonal dynamics, beliefs, and thoughts that shape our racialized experiences as members of a community.
  • Microaggression

    Intentional or unintentional verbal, nonverbal or environmental slights/insults that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to people based upon their marginalized group.
  • Privilege

    Shared with all people in struggles for liberation and equality. Using or exercising one’s power to work with others equitably, for example, in a social movement.
  • Race

    A social construct that artificially divides people into distinct groups based on characteristics such as physical appearance, ancestral heritage, cultural affiliation, cultural history, ethnic classification, and the political needs of a society at a given period of time.
  • Transgender 

    • An umbrella term for people who identify as neither female nor male and/or as neither a man nor as a woman. Transgender is not a sexual orientation; transgender people may have any sexual orientation.
    • Transgender people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity" – one’s internal experience of their gender) differs from the physical sex with which they were born (“biological sex” - one’s body -genitals, chromosomes, etc.). Often, society conflates sex and gender, viewing them as the same thing. However, gender and sex are not the same thing.

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  • Local Partnerships

    • Austin Interfaith
    • Annual Black Composers Concert
    • El Buen Samaritano
    • Austin Peace Academy
    • Asian American Resource Center
    • Refugee Services of Texas
  • Student Groups

    • Students of Color Affinity Groups (LS/MS/US)
    • CIA - Culture, Inclusivity, and Awareness Cabinet (MS)
    • Cultural Competency Council (US)
    • Spectrum - Gender and Sexuality  (US)
  • Past Speakers and Conferences Attended by Faculty

    • Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
    • Dr. Ali Michael
    • NAIS Diversity Leadership Conference
    • NAIS People of Color Conference
    • NAIS Student Diversity Conference
    • Diversity Directions
    • Equity Lab
    • Equity Exchange
    • Exeter Diversity Institute
    • National Diversity Practitioners Institute, UT - CSRD/ Center       for Study of Race and Democracy

Affinity Group Reflections

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  • 24%

    of students self-identify as racially diverse
  • Over $2.1 million

    awarded in financial aid to 135 students
  • Over 25

    religious affiliations; over 20% are Episcopalian

Meet the Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Kendall Evans

    Kendall Evans 

    Co-Director of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging)
  • Photo of Priya Kenny

    Priya Kenny